By Lethbridge Herald on December 11, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic may put a damper on the holiday season, but Lethbridge Police will be on the lookout for those who do go out to celebrate and fail to act responsibly.
Lethbridge Police will kick off its 2020 Christmas Check Stop Campaign this weekend in an effort to curb the number of impaired drivers and allow everyone to get home safely to their loved ones.
This year’s campaign brings with it some changes, as police will be taking extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep both drivers and officers safe at the Check Stop locations.
This will also be the first Check Stop campaign police will be armed with new sanctions under Bill 21. Not only will the new legislation allow police to administer stricter penalties on the road, it should streamline the process and allow them more time to nab impaired drivers.
The primary goal of the Check Stop program is to locate and apprehend impaired drivers due to the significant risk to public safety they pose. Police will, however, also be checking for valid documentation including driver’s licences, vehicle registration and insurance as well as equipment, liquor and other violations.
If you observe a suspected impaired driver call 911 immediately if it is safe and lawful to do so. If you are going to drink, make arrangements for a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver (who does not drink any alcohol), call a taxi or use public transportation.